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Writers’ Roundtable #2: The Writer's Life

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With Yves Gagnon, Aaron Kite, Rich Moberg, Sean Perron, and Michell Plested from the blog Starting Write Now

Clockwise from top left: Sean Perron, Yves Gagnon, Mike Plested, Rich Moberg, Aaron Kite


If you haven’t sampled the outstanding blog Starting Write Now, I suggest you skedaddle on over there and check it out. The project chronicles the efforts of five writers in various stages of their careers as they struggle with the same issues so many of us face: finding time to write, planning their work, building great characters, writing believable dialog, getting published, and more.

Today we have the pleasure of their company.

Yves Gagnon spends most of his time at home with his wife, or at work, breaking things for a local cable and telecommunications concern. He likes to experiment with writing, trying out genres he’s never used before, and different styles, but tends to stick to short stories, due to his short attention span. His wife is expecting a child in March, and it’s safe to say that he will be expecting it as well.

Aaron Kite first started taking writing seriously when he began creating parody news articles for a popular online satire news site in addition to the graphic design role they had originally hired him for. A blogger with more than eight years experience, Aaron has written several short stories and produced a number of Photoshop and design tutorials for print and online. He has most recently turned to novel writing, with a focus on science fiction and fantasy stories.

Rich Moberg was born thirty-eight years ago and has managed to survive so far. In that time he has been a librarian (well, a page), a concert promoter, freelance writer, sold shoes, suits and computers and performed admirably as a pump-jockey. Over-educated, his English degree got him a career in the aforementioned petroleum industry so he got his degree in computer science. He currently works as a pump-jockey, although this time he pumps code. This is his second attempt at a writing career, his previous go-round stopped
cold by a government change and the need to eat on a regular basis.

Being an only child, Sean Perron didn’t have brothers or sisters to contend with, so most moments not filled with friends, school or playgrounds were spent with the “Hardy Boys,” “The Three Investigators,” Jules Verne, Tolkien and the like. He spent countless hours reading and re-reading those works. His exposure to this constant barrage of imagination seeded a desire to create his own fiction. Now, many years later,he’s finally taken the plunge. He can’t imagine anything better than trying entertaining someone with his
words. Or failing that, embarrassing anecdotes about himself.

Mike Plested began reading science fiction, fantasy and anything else he could get his hands on at age six and writing short stories at ten. In his teens he began to toy with the idea of becoming a writer, but ultimately decided to pursue fame and fortune as a “Computer Guy.” Still, the passion for writing remained and Mike continued to try and write, but something was missing. He took a novel writing course which kick-started his writing allowing him to recently complete his first book. He is a 2006 NaNoWriMo winner and enthusiastic fan of the written word.

Join us as we discuss the writer’s life, including:

  • Why Sean started the Starting Write Now blog and what its mission is
  • What types of writing the guys do, and what their goals are
  • What challenges and issues they’re facing at this point in their writing
  • How they’re approaching NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), in which they’re all participating this year
  • Why Rich shut down his freelance writing business
  • Why Yves and Aaron are working on their outlining skills
  • What surprising effect on Mike’s writing came from mailing his manuscript to a publisher
  • How a short attention span seems to be plaguing (some of) them
  • How some of the guys see mostly the trees and some of them see mostly the forest when writing
  • How they feel about the challenge of writing material that’s both fun to write and to read
  • Why Rich feels that his English degree has been an impediment to his writing
  • How they feel about using “he said” and “she said” in their dialog
  • What they think makes for good dialog
  • How Mike, Sean, and Yves feel about telling people they’re writing
  • How the guys define success
  • How Aaron feels about hooking readers and pacing his stories
  • How their supporting each other has affected their writing
  • Why they write.

Interviewees: Yves Gagnon, Aaron Kite, Rich Moberg, Sean Perron, and Michell Plested
Host: Paula B
Date: December 11, 2006
Running time: 01:33:55
File size: 68 megabytes
Rating: G
The Starting Write Now blog: Starting Write Now

2 Responses to “Podcast: Writers’ Roundtable #2”

  1. JTennant Says:

    Great discussion! Listening to these funny, talented, articulate guys was a welcome reminder to me that just because I’m in one small, rather isolated part of the world doesn’t mean I’m the only one facing similar issues.
    I’d like to hear a follow up on how they did all did during NaNoWriMo this year.

  2. Site Update Says:

    [] I’m going to create a dedicated page here on the site for any and all interviews that SWN is able to do, but in the meantime you can check out our interview here. []